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A polymerase that catalyzes the formation of DNA on an RNA template, found in the retroviruses and in certain other viruses, such as hepatitis B virus.
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(Biochemistry) an enzyme present in retroviruses that copies RNA into DNA, thus reversing the usual flow of genetic information in which DNA is copied into RNA
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reverse′ tran•scrip′tase(trænˈskrɪp teɪs, -teɪz)
a retrovirus enzyme that synthesizes DNA from viral RNA, the reverse of the usual DNA-to-RNA replication: used in genetic engineering.
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|Noun||1.||reverse transcriptase - a polymerase that catalyzes the formation of DNA using RNA as a template; found especially in retroviruses|
polymerase - an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of new DNA and RNA from an existing strand of DNA or RNA
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